dxmachina: (Hobbes)
It was the best of times, it was the... well, not the worst of times, but there were parts of 2013 that weren't so good.

The year in review... )


dxmachina: (Writing 01)
The annual ritual...

January I spent New Year's Eve with friends, playing Apples to Apples and singing along (badly) while the kids played "We Got the Beat" in Rock Band.

February Last weekend I joined my friend Tom Z on his annual pilgrimage to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. I'd never been before, despite it being no more than 15 miles from my brothers' farm. Tom goes every year for a F2F with his online fantasy baseball buddies. Now I know how civilians feel at b.org gatherings.

March World Crossing is apparently closing its doors, or rather having its doors closed on it.

April ...because the dreams can get a little weirder than usual. All I can say is that it is comforting to know that Lea Michele won't be playing Lisbeth Salander in the upcoming adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in real life.

May Mother Nature finally remembered to flip the switch on her the heating system last Sunday.

June I suppose I ought to post something, if for no other reason than if I don't, it'll really screw up my first lines of each month meme in December.

July Today is the 4th of July, which means it was time for the 11th annual Casa Machina shrub trimming extravaganza.

August I had the best ride yesterday.

September So, that NASA satellite that nobody can find? Didn't land on my house, so that's good.

October Previously on LiveJournal, our hero managed to dump a glass of milk into his wireless keyboard.

November Almost all the snow was gone by last night, so Halloween arrived on time.

December I have been in the grasp of the Worst Cold Ever(™) for a week now.

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I noted last year that I hadn't written much. If anything, I wrote even less this year. And once again I didn't write much about the books I read, although I read quite a few. So it goes.

A lot of it is that the process of writing just seems to get harder every year. I have lots of ideas for posts, but when I actually sit down in front of the computer, I can't face the effort of converting those thoughts to into something coherent. If I were to make a resolution for the new year, writing more might be it.
dxmachina: (Projects01)
The annual ritual...

January - There was no coffee in the house this morning, so I drove down to Dunkie's to get some.

February - Haven't watched any of the Super Bowl except for occasional score checks, but I did catch Pete and Roger do the CSI trifecta at halftime in honor of their corporate masters.

March - Finally, a weekend day that was neither ridiculously cold nor rainy/snowy.

April - I sucked up the last small puddles of standing water tonight.

May - So, three tomato plants (from Wal-Mart) and some spaghetti squash seeds (left over from last year) are in the ground.

June - Into the wind
And up the hill,
But careful not
To lose the will.


July - This is going to screw up my first lines meme.

August - Remember me mentioning three weeks ago that I picked up some new tires for the 3-speed?

September - So here's the thing.

October - So, after one glorious autumn day on Saturday, the weather seems to have taken a turn towards winter—cold, gray, windy, rainy.

November - It is a cold day in November.

December - I'm sitting here with my coffee while waiting for the feeling to return to my toes.

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I didn't write a whole lot this year. There was only one entry in all of May, although that might have been the rebound from kvetching so much about the great flood of late March-early April. Didn't write much about my reading, either, even though the list is longer than it's ever been. So it goes. Apart from the flood, not much happened to me this past year. Maybe next year.

Plus, the process of writing seems to have gotten harder for me. I often composed posts in my head while riding or driving, but once I sat down in front of the keyboard to set them into electrons, the ability to translate those thoughts into coherent sentences seemed to vanish. I do have one half-written post in the pipe (about the late, great Bob Feller). Maybe I can finish that.

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